When Did Interior Design Become Such A Serious Business? I remember a time when it was fun to move my room around. Or when I convinced my parents that I wanted to sponge-paint my room in bright azure (thanks mom and dad for the freedom!). I even painted a floral pattern on calico and used it to make a quilt for my bed. I loved design so much that I made a career out of it. But as it happens with these things, work took over, and deadlines and details killed the creativity. Interesting that. And it’s not just me, I know of many designers with the same dilemma. Where did it all go wrong then? When did interior design become so serious that we lost the joy and passion that drove us to become designers in the first place? This month, I want to focus on design that doesn’t take itself so seriously. Playful design, fun design – quirky and interesting interiors that have been put together with love. Because that’s ultimately what interior design is all about: the love of interior spaces.
Here are 8 playful interiors to inspire you to let go of the seriousness and have some fun with your home!
#1: The Den Bed
This is any child’s dream – a bed and a den all in one! Not all playful interiors are for children, but this one is such a fantastic example of a space made with love and creativity in mind. Love the wallpaper on the side and the giraffe. Because everyone needs a giraffe 😉
#2: Tassels and Baubles and all things Cool
A fabulously quirky house in Marrickville. How cool is the tassel and pom-pom curtain?!? Love the gallery wall as well. In a space that was designed with a clean, modern aesthetic, the splashes of pink create a happy and inviting wall.
I know that Mexican-inspired tiles are hardly new, but if that is what you love, then I say go for it! These are tile stickers, but you could of course also paint, stencil or stamp your existing tiles to add personality and fun.
And while you’re at it, have some cake!
#4: The Curated Collection
Lots of interesting things here: heavy textures in the carpets and scatters, candles, interesting sculptures and bright books and paintings. Looks like a great space to spend the day!
#5: Add Some Details
LOVE this green bedside cabinet! See how they added some gold touches to the ceiling trim to make it tie in with the rest of the finishes in the room? And the bold combination of prints is awesome. What a vibrant and energetic room!
#6: Play Full Scale and Volume
The mid-century architecture, super high ceilings and abundance of natural light softens the bright colours, large designs and bold patterns. The mismatched lights add a wonderfully playful element to the collection of prints.
#7: A Wall and A Horse
Rachel Whiting via Daily Mail
Another cool room working with a strong pattern, but this time on the walls. And a carousel horse. If you can get your hands on one, then you have to display it!
#8: Play With Paint
This is still one of our most popular projects. Create a fun and fabulous wall with syringes and paint – click here for the post!
I look forward to sharing some more playful projects and ideas with you – in the meantime, have a look at our fun DIY projects!